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Shamir — Lived and Died Alone
Album: Northtown
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Released: 2014
Length: 4:16
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Love never came easily to me
There were no fish swimming in my sea
I resided myself to the fact
That I would always love never to be loved back
But that's okay, I know some day

When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead
Lift their bodies from their graves
And I'll lay them in my bed
To fill their hollow hearts with all of my broken parts
And all the love they were never shown
To all those who have lived and died alone

I guess I thought it couldn't really hurt
To search for sweethearts underneath the dirt
Sure, they may be made of dust and bone
But I will take them home from their lonely tombstone
To be with me in the Dead Sea

When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead
Lift their bodies from their graves
And I'll lay them in my bed
To fill their hollow hearts with all of my broken parts
And all the love that they were never shown
To all those who have lived and died alone

When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead
Lift their bodies from their graves
And I'll lay them in my bed
I will fill their hollow hearts with all of my broken parts
And all the love that they were never shown
To all those who have lived and died alone

To all those who have lived and died alone
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 Bernd wrote:

Seems to be a cover of that 7 year old Indie Lindi song: 

(Can't post youtube link here?)

Google for "Lindi Ortega Lived and died alone"...

hmm, not sure anymore who was first:

according to Amazon, Lindi published the song on June 17, 2014, so exactly one week after Shamir...

Just looked it up on Shamir's EP's wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...(EP)

There it says All tracks are written by Shamir except for track 5, by Lindi Ortega.




Nice research, Bernd and thank you.  The lyrics of this song really matter. Ortega is from Canada...
Live right up the street from him. Nailed it.
 kiwilistener wrote:

Wow, that’s a bit weird. I’d have to listen to to a few times before I could even form an opinion on it.

listened twice, read the lyrics and decided interestingly disturbing lyrics become less creepy because of the voice

Wow, fantastic !!
Seems to be a cover of that 7 year old Indie Lindi song: 

(Can't post youtube link here?)

Google for "Lindi Ortega Lived and died alone"...

hmm, not sure anymore who was first:

according to Amazon, Lindi published the song on June 17, 2014, so exactly one week after Shamir...

Just looked it up on Shamir's EP's wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...(EP)

There it says All tracks are written by Shamir except for track 5, by Lindi Ortega.


Upon reading the lyrics, your right Bill. Sometimes I walk the silent places of cemeteries and read headstones and epitaphs of the dead. It gives me pause to consider the life we all live.  Lessons learned from the past.
We all need love. 

Gorgeous countertenor voice, don't hear countertenors much outside of classical music. Strange and disturbing tune beautifully performed. Great contrast between the almost angelic presentation and the deeply haunting lyrics.

 lewisv66 wrote:

I'm not a fan of Shamir's more usual house/electo/pop style but this one is beautiful and haunting. Reminds me of Billie Holliday. This one paired with "Strange Fruit" would be a great segue.

[edit] Oh, @BillG you are smarter than me, you followed this with Dave Matthews "Gravedigger".

Yes, very much so. The voice partly, but more the emotions - difficult to place but intense.
I'm not familiar with his other work, but this is truly amazing.
c.

a busker
I'm not a fan of Shamir's more usual house/electo/pop style but this one is beautiful and haunting. Reminds me of Billie Holliday. This one paired with "Strange Fruit" would be a great segue.

[edit] Oh, @BillG you are smarter than me, you followed this with Dave Matthews "Gravedigger".
This song brings tears to my eyes. I will probably die alone, and in many ways we all probably do, but I am comforted that someone wrote a song about providing comfort and love to those who "Lived and Died Alone." Thank you, Shamir Bailey.
There's hope for me yet.
 kiwilistener wrote:

Wow, that’s a bit weird. I’d have to listen to to a few times before I could even form an opinion on it.


I'm not sure it will help.
Wow. Just, wow.

c.
Whoa! Thanks, Bill for making me go back and read the lyrics!

Great voice...and Crazy lyrics!
Thanks, nice sound -- timeless -- and always nice to be introduced to new talent.
OK. Wasn't expecting that. 🤣
!not loving the voice and I hope the lyrics are metaphors for something. 
Poignant and bittersweet. Nicely done. 
Wow, that’s a bit weird. I’d have to listen to to a few times before I could even form an opinion on it.
I like his singing. And the lyrics are more than interesting.